2019 Programme

6th December 2019

Christmas Party with a number of demonstrations along with copious amounts of food and drink.

1st November 2019

Stephen Cheeseman – Sport in oil pastels

Stephen Lives near Eastbourne in the South East of England and paints a variety of subjects in oil pastels which allows him to create a sensation of movement as shown in his horse and cyclist paintings

His biggest artistic education and influence in recent years was when he had the privilege of painting alongside Robin Holtom for several months. He learned about line and colour from a master and the lessons learned in those sessions stay with him today.


4th October 2019

Emil Nikolla – Oil Portraiture

Emil Nikolla was born in Berat, Albania in 1971. He joined a local Art School at the age of 10, finishing his art studies at Athens Fine Arts University in Greece. Since 2003 he has been living and working in London, UK.

Today his extraordinary and spontaneous use of colour is the most personal feature of his work. In his portraits, Emil sets up a very interesting dialogue between his model and a very colorful background. In this dialogue, his skilled hand is lead by a combination of intuition and impulse, transforming the white canvas into an art scene of creative depth. Surprisingly all of that happens while he naturally chats to the sitter, capturing their essential nature that is best depicted in their glaze.

He was a contestant on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 and reached the semi-finals.


5th September 2019

Jean Turton – Chinese Brush Painting

Jean Turton has been a teacher of Chinese brush painting for over 15 years throughout the UK. She is very keen on flower painting and has taught in Berkshire for a number of years. Following a job change, she is now able to teach at longer, residential courses.

Jean served on the Chinese Brush Painting Society committee for a number of years, including holding the post of Chairman. She enjoys passing on her enthusiasm and love of the art to all.

5th July 2019

Melanie Cambridge – Flowers in oils

She has been painting full time for over 20 years and still get a “buzz” when outside in changing light.  The challenge to capture the essence of the scene in front of me continues to be my main motivation to paint. Favourite subjects tend to involve water, and particularly enjoys painting the English coastline, views from the banks of the River Wey in Surrey and from her narrowboat which she uses as a mobile studio in the summer months.

She has written four art instruction books to date, all published by Harper Collins, three for oil painters and one beginners book on acrylics. As a teacher I run workshops and painting holidays here in the UK, teaching mainly in oils and gouache.


3rd May 2019

Norman Rossiter – Wildlife by airbrish

After leaving college in 1969, he moved to the East Midlands and worked in the below-the-line advertising industry. Given the chance to continue his passion in producing fine art pieces, he decided to paint full time.

He has a large art studio in Lincolnshire where he hold classes, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions. Also he traveld all over the UK giving demonstrations and workshops to art groups and societies.

His detailed artworks are sometimes referred to as photo realistic. It is always his intention to try and capture that single moment in time when nature shows you its true beauty.

He have sold his artworks in the UK, Australia, South Africa, Kenya and the USA.


5th April 2019

Sonia Bacchus – Caricatures

Professionally trained in the art of shaping human form, composition and the history of art.

Over the years, Sonia has produced varied works and covered many subjects – from family portraits, single sittings, and replication of old masters, and has been working as an art presenter and teacher for more than 3 years.

The finished work can come from many beginnings. From hourly face-to-face sittings or from a photograph.


1st March 2019

Lewis Hazelwood – Horner – Flowers in Acrylics

London-based painter Lewis Hazelwood-Horners work is concerned with the craft of the artist’s practice. The paint is generously applied to the canvas but in using the primed surface as a pallet, little is left to waste. This results into thick textured paintings. He has approached the theme of London based crafts with bravura, showing key influences from 20th century painters like Sorolla and Zorn.

He was honoured to be awarded the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 and the Visitors Choice Award with the painting Salt in Tea. This painting was then exhibited at the Palazzo di Strozzi in Florence, Italy alongside Picasso and Kandinsky amongst others.

As part of the prize he presented a solo exhibition centered around Beer and Guns at the Mall Galleries.

Most recently Lewis has become a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.


1st of February 2019

Paul Alcock – Woodlands – Oil

In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Artist and Illustrators magazines Artist of the year competition in the portrait category.   In this year he was also selected by the BBC to be one of a group of artists chosen to paint live during their coverage of the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

He has completed several commissions and hangs in a number of private collections. He lives and paints in Southend on Sea where he also work as an art teacher teaching adults.  In the mid 1980s he trained at Southend Art College and Camberwell art school and gained a BA Hons in Fine Art – Painting.

HeI particularly enjoy contrasts of light, shape, colour and texture and to explore the pictorial possibilities within familiar everyday subjects, such as people absorbed in the ebb and flow of life and familiar objects and places or places that hold some other type of connection. With exploring form and colour through landscapes and still lives and he looks upon painting and drawing as a celebration of life.

He exhibits locally at the Leigh art trail and the Rochford Art trail.